Should Ron Paul be the new Ross Perot? Glenn Beck and Joe Scarborough say yes.
On Tuesday’s Morning Joe, Scarborough said if Newt Gingrich wins the GOP nomination, and Ron Paul decided to run as a third-party candidate, he’d give Ron Paul a “long look,” Mediaite reported. Scarborough found a choice between Barack Obama and Gingrich untenable “because I can’t vote for the two guys who worship at the alter of big government in their own different ways,” he said.
He predicted Paul could scoop up from five to fifteen percent of the vote, which would reelect Obama, but, Scarborough claims, because Gingrich is “not a small-government conservative,” the former speaker of the house “reelects Barack Obama under any scenario.”
Scarborough’s declaration of support came a day after Glenn Beck announced he would do the same thing if Ron Paul were to run as a third-party candidate. “If I had a gun to my head, I’ll vote for Mitt Romney,” Beck said. “If it’s Newt Gingrich, and there’s a third party, and it’s Ron Paul. And I don’t agree with his Middle Eastern policy at all, I might consider Ron Paul as a third party.”